Andrea Cohen is a social entrepreneur dedicated to transforming the way care is delivered to seniors at home. As HouseWorks co-founder and CEO, her vision crystalized over 20 years ago when she took care of both her parents and made an unwavering commitment to reimagine what it means to age. HouseWorks’ fundamental innovation has been an entrepreneurial approach to service delivery that returns a sense of control to adult children and their parents. In Boston over the last two decades, Andrea and her team built one of the largest single site private home care companies in the country.
A visionary leader, Andrea has leveraged her business accomplishments to create a powerful force for bringing about social change. She served as an adjunct professor at Boston College School of Social Work teaching Innovation and Leadership courses and awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award by Boston College and the Louis Lowy Award by the Massachusetts Gerontology Association. In recognition of her achievements as an entrepreneur, Andrea was named a 2009 Pinnacle Award honoree by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and selected as a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. She is the immediate past chair of the Board of the Caregiver Action Network, a Massachusetts Women Forum appointee and sits on the Board of The Commonwealth Institute, the Leadership Council of the Schwartz Center and on the Boston Medical Center Exceptional Care Without Exception Trust. Andrea has advised several companies including Care.com, Confidant and Serality—all which provide innovative, online solutions for family caregivers.
A tireless advocate, Andrea was selected as an at-large delegate to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging where she helped influence national policies that impact all seniors and family caregivers and organized the PBS sponsored Boston Family Caregiver Town Hall Meeting. With innovation at the center of all of her accomplishments, Andrea conceptualized Schwartz Center Rounds ® for the home care industry and was a strategic partner to Beacon Hill Village and the StrideRITE corporation’s intergenerational on-site day care center.
Andrea received her MSW from Boston College and completed her BA at Ithaca College in upstate New York.